Snow in Tenerife on Mount Teide

Lately there has been A LOT of snow in Tenerife, so much so that I have had people writing to me very worried that their holiday in the sun in Tenerife is going to be more about snowmen than sandmen.

I am here to put your mind at ease.

Yes, there is snow in Tenerife right now, and yes, the snow is just as cold there as anywhere else. However, the good news is that it tends to stay up high in the mountains, and covering Mount Teide, Teide National Park and some of the villages and towns like Vilaflor that are much higher up than the coastal resorts.

This means that the beach resorts are sunny with temperatures still somewhere between around 18 degrees and 22 degrees depending on where you are. You could actually go up the mountains in the morning, build a snowman, and come back down to the beach after lunch, and sunbathe (and maybe build a sandman).

So, pack your gloves and your swimwear and go out and discover the best of what Tenerife can offer. Of course, you could always make some woollen bikinis, and swimming shorts to take with you just in case 😉

To see the weather for Tenerife visit Playa de las Americas weather or Puerto de la Cruz weather or Teide National Park. The summit of Mount Teide is much colder and the weather for this can be seen at Mount Teide Summit.

Whatever the weather, I am sure that you will have a wonderful time in Tenerife 🙂

Text and photos by Lynne Knightley

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Top Ten-erife Fountains

With heatwave after heatwave hitting the island this summer, there’s nothing quite like the sight and sound of a fresh, bubbling fountain to give you the illusion of cool, and Tenerife just happens to have a penchant for the elaborate wet stuff. From traffic roundabouts to shopping centres and city parks to pavements, here’s Tenerife Magazine’s pick of some of the island’s most eye-catching fountains.

The Bathers ““ Costa del Silencio

The Bathers Fountain, Costa del Silencio

You’ve got to love something as quirky and surreal as these bathers in their swimming pool in a location as mundane as a Costa del Silencio shopping centre. Sporting their eclectic head and eye wear while twirling and scanning the sky for, who knows what ““ UFOs I suspect, they’re quite possibly the coolest fountain on Tenerife.

Fecundidad ““ Santa Cruz

Fecundidad fountain, Parque Garcia Sanabria, Santa Cruz

Idly bathing her feet while rainbows dance around her plump knees, the voluptuous Fecundidad in Parque Garcia Sanabria seems oblivious to the public gaze of her private ritual. Unassuming and serene, she’s an enduring icon of the city.

Plaza España ““ Santa Cruz

Plaza España, Santa Cruz

From the centre of a placid lake of deepest blue, a single perpendicular needle of water shoots heavenwards; it’s a geometric work of water art. We just wish they’d keep the damn thing filled because when it’s empty, it’s nothing more than a concrete bowl.

Lago Martiánez ““ Puerto de la Cruz

Fountain, Lago Martianez, Puerto de la Cruz

Turning illusion of cool into reality, this fountain in its César Manrique-designed home of Lago Martiánez provides a stylish and invigorating exfoliant to bathers by day and morphs into a burning island in a pirate lagoon by night.

Los Cristianos

Fountain, Los Cristianos

The Cristiano Ronaldo in our decorative outpourings is the elaborately, show-off centrepiece of the busy roundabout that heralds your arrival in Los Cristianos. Unfortunately, due to the current water shortage, it was hiding its watery light under a dry bushel when we captured this image so if anyone has a photo of it in action that they’d like to share…

Safari Centre ““ Playa de Las Américas

Dancing Fountain, Safari Centre, Playa de Las Américas

The Vegas-style performance of the coloured dancing fountain which graces the designer labels and bistro bars of the Safari Centre has become something of a tourist attraction. I don’t think Siam Park really needs to worry but, hey, it’s nice.

Parque Santiago IV ““ Costa Adeje

Fountain, Parque Santiago IV, Playa de Las Américas

The Johnny-come-lately of our gushing collection is this rather elegant and understated piece of fountain art outside the Parque Santiago IV. Having it at ground zero makes it all the more accessible for everyone, although signs make it very clear you’re not allowed to play in it. Spoilsports.

Plaza Adelantado ““ La Laguna

Fountain, Plaza Adelantado, La Laguna

Time to introduce a bit of class to this motley spouting selection, with the marble fountain from Plaza Adelantado in La Laguna. Dating from 1870, the marble reflects the sunlight off the water in mesmerizing patterns and the detail in the carving is superb, but best of all, it tinkles just like a fountain should.

Princesa Dacíl ““ La Orotava

Princesa Dacíl fountain/fuente, La Orotava

Say hello to the ethnic addition to our eclectic ten. Sited at the entrance to Tenerife’s most aristocratic town, this is the Guanche Princess Dacíl and at her feet is the Guanche symbol of fertility, Tara.

Fuente La Alhóndiga ““ Tacoronte

Fuente La Alhóndiga, Tacoronte

A bit like Plaza España, this beauty is unfortunately often left dry but when the hoses have been in action and the water rises, it brings a whole new aspect to the 17th century, former grain store of Casa La Alhóndiga. Loving its contemporary simplicity.


International Environmental Film Festival May 2016


FICMEC presents its eighteenth edition

The event will take place from 24 to 30 may in Garachico

15th the eighth edition of the International Festival of environmental film of Canary, Ficmec, was presented today in the noble Hall of the Cabildo Insular de Tenerife.

It will take place from 24 to 30 may, in the surroundings of the roundabout in San Francisco and in the old convent of the same name, in the municipality of Garachico. Note that the slogan of the poster for this year is ‘Time to think’, the work of designer Adán Navarro.

José Luis Rivero framed insular Corporation support for the cinematographic event in Tenerife 2030 project, and highlighted three key points in it: on the one hand, Garachico as a model of cultural management that leads to the development of its citizens; creativity as a leading factor of sustainability; and third, such creativity as important pillar to improve the quality of life of the people.

For his part, the director of the Festival, David Baute, highlighted the increase in the number of days of celebration, which are five to seven, as well as the realization of a novel activity, the ‘Ecocrea’ event, which is aimed at students, who will elaborate different parts with recycled material in their reference centres.

Within the programming of this new edition of the Festival will be held, also, a Conference on Volcanism, “Vulcanalia”, which will be coordinated by the Chair of geology Telesforo Bravo of the University of La Laguna, on 24 and 25 May. They will have a comprehensive film programming, lectures and workshops given by international experts; as well as different parallel activities such as geological areas of volcanological interest-guided tours.

The Mayor of Garachico, Heriberto González, thanked the support of the public and private institutions in the celebration of the Festival, and said that “it has been a salutary lesson for the revitalization of the economy of the municipality. Therefore, the commitment to culture is a success”. Announced, also, that “City Hall is working on three pillars from the environmental point of view: the adaptation of infrastructure, training and tax Ordinances”, and stressed “the leading role our neighbours playing in this event”.

The jury of this year will be composed by Mónica Fernández-Aceytuno, dissemination of nature in press; Ignacio Carballo, director of the festival de Cine de Gijón and

member of the Uruguayan Academy of letters, arts and Sciences; and snow King, Manager of corporate communications at Ecoembes.

The International Festival of environmental film of the Canary Islands has the sponsorship of the Cabildo de Tenerife, del Gobierno de Canarias, Foundation CajaCanarias, La Caixa Foundation, and cable car of the Teide.

Thus, the Foundation CajaCanarias, Alberto Delgado, President stressed the commitment of the Council for culture, and said that “this year has made an important effort”. The director of the center of institutions of the Fundación La Caixa, Fragoso Antonio, described the Festival as an international event “that linked well with the line of our Foundation of preserving the defence of the natural environment, as well as the dissemination of the culture and the science”. And to the director general of ropeway of the Teide, Ignacio Sabaté, “is admirable commitment of the municipality of Garachico, in the direction of the festival and his team”.

The bases to introduce films, which opened in mid-January, are available on the website



How you can register to vote in the EU Referendum

1.     A referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union will be held by the end of 2017. It could even be this year – the date hasn’t been announced yet.

2.     If you were registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years, then you can register as an overseas voter and have your say.#yourvotematters.

3.     Go to and fill in your data. All you need is your National Insurance number, passport details and date of birth. (Even if you don’t have an NI number, you can still register.)

4.     Choose how you want to vote – by post, proxy, or even in person if you will be in the UK on polling day. If you choose to vote by post, ballot forms will be despatched about one month ahead, giving you time to receive, complete and return your vote to the UK.

5.     Do register early, so you have done it well before the referendum date is announced. If you wait, you may miss your chance to have your say.

6.     Just as in the UK, you need to register annually. So if you registered as an overseas voter for last year’s General Election, you need to renew your registration for the EU vote.

7.     Out of 283,000 Britons officially resident in Spain, just 11,000 were registered to vote in last year’s General Election. Many British expats could miss out on the EU referendum, so tell your friends and family to register too.

8.     Use Facebook and Twitter to pass the message on that #yourvotematters.

Go to – make sure you can have your say


Christmas and New Year message from Carlos Alonso, the President of the Cabildo Insular de Tenerife 

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, December 16, 2015


Christmas isn’t Christmas without a star or a bright light that shines. Every year, around this time, the Star of Bethlehem guides the way that each of us chooses to follow. If we stray off the path, either we stop or go back a few steps – no one will do it for us. Sometimes the light is hidden behind thick clouds, the night turns dark, the road becomes more difficult and we risk falling. But when the sky clears up, the glow becomes even brighter and everything looks much clearer.

In the Cabildo, the clouds over the years have made us tread more carefully: we have had to hold on tight so as not to fall and everyone has pitched in to push forward many projects. It has been a period of economic hardship for many families and for this public administration. Fortunately, we are beginning to see the starry sky again and the way ahead is becoming easier.

In 2016 the Tenerife Government will have the necessary funds to advance steadily. We can invest in people’s needs, promote job creation and undertake major improvements to our roads.

But undoubtedly the most exciting project of this New Year is the one that has to do with the training and preparation of our young people. Tenerife 2030 offers our children the shining stars they need so that each year they will find their way without fear of the dark. Empowering them with the tools of knowledge, it will enable them to face the future without stumbling.

Keeping any eye on those who are our future means not losing sight of our primary responsibility.

May the spirit of Christmas always shine brightly and may the sum of our good intentions become an inspirational light to guide us into the New Year.



Carlos Alonso


Tenerife Government


Meteor shower in Tenerife 14 December

The collision of small fragments of Asteroid Phaeton with the atmosphere will lead to one of the most striking rains stars than are produced annually, with about 100 shooting stars per hour.

The maximum intensity is expected at 18:00  Canarian time on December 14.

The best time for observation will be the night of 14 to 15 December. This year, amateur astronomers and anyone who want to contemplate, you can do like I was in Tenerife, an island that has one of the clearest skies in the world. The broadcast will be online on television and from the Tenerife Tourism website

During the meeting it was also connected with the islands of La Palma and Fuerteventura as well as Caceres.

There will be two broadcasts, one at 17: 55-18: 10 TU and another at 22: 00-22: 45 UT.

Make a wish! proposed that for each meteor, a wish is made. Those who are interested can send in a video or text on Twitter with the hashtag #UnaEstrellaUnDeseo #WishonaStar and quote @



The Why, Where and How of Camping in Tenerife

If the word “˜camping’ brings to mind nightmarish childhood memories of being forced to sleep in a cramped leaky tent in Wales for a week when all your friends were at Disneyland, then you might very well wonder why anyone would ever choose or even want to go camping.

Camping on Tenerife is a completely different experience ““ dark threatening clouds are replaced by twinkling night skies, muddy fields replaced by fragrant pine forests and soggy sandwiches replaced by sizzling barbecues.

Ingredients for Camping

Why go camping in Tenerife?
In today’s world where you’re constantly bombarded with futile Facebook status updates and trivial Tweets, it’s nice to be able to completely switch off from the online world. If it’s not Facebook or Twitter constantly in your face, it’s your online calendar letting you know that you’re 30 minutes late for that really important meeting and your extended deadline that you promised you’d make flew by last week.

Fortunately, you won’t find any WiFi hotspots in the campsites in Tenerife ““ you probably won’t even have mobile phone coverage ““ making it the best place to unwind and leave your responsibilities behind for a least a couple of days.

Barbecuing Sausages Camping in Tenerife

The best part of camping ““ and the only reason I go back again and again ““ is the food. Huddling around an open-flame barbecue with a glass of sangria, the smell mojo-marinated chicken gliding through the air gets me every time. Don’t forget to take marshmallows ““ a camping trip doesn’t count unless there are toasted (or burnt) marshmallows dripping molten goo all over your hands.

Where can I go camping in Tenerife?
If you don’t have any of the equipment, you’ll need to take a trip to Decathlon in La Laguna. From April to September you’ll find a large portion of the sports shop dedicated to camping equipment ““ this is the best time to get everything you’ll ever need in one place.

Setting up Camp in the pines

I recommend getting as large a tent as you can afford ““ you’ll really appreciate the extra space. Try and grab a mini gas hob, too ““ they’re great for cups of tea and coffee first thing in the morning. An inflatable mattress will be a lot more comfortable than the forest floor. Don’t think you can make do with a pool inflatable ““ you’ll wish you hadn’t and your back won’t let you forget it. When you’re all kitted out, you’re ready to choose the campsite that’s right for you.

All of the government-run campsites are located in forestal areas throughout Tenerife. You can find a map with information about them all here. Whilst the amenities do vary, most campsites provide running water, a recreational area complete with barbecue pits, and toilets ““ although whether you’ll want to use them or not is up to you as they are usually nothing more than ceramic-lined holes in the ground. Some campsites even offer small bars, showers, and children’s play areas, so it’s definitely worth doing your research before you head off.


How can I go camping in Tenerife?
You need to obtain permission if you want to camp in Tenerife. There are rangers patrolling the areas that will ask to see your permit and will happily kick you off if you haven’t got one, so avoid the hassle and make sure you’ve got permission to camp before you go.

You need to go to an Oficina de Registro y Servicio al Ciudadano (Registry and Citizen Service Office) ““ you can find a list of them all here ““ and request a username and password which will allow you to obtain permission to camp. You’ll need to take your residencia and passport with you to complete this process.
Once all your details have been tapped into the computer, you’ll get a sheet of paper with your username and password which will allow you to log on to Through this website you can book all your camping trips online and print off the permits seconds later.

Camping in Tenerife

So that’s it, you’ve got the gear, packed the marshmallows and have your permit tucked safely away ready to brandish when faced with an inquisitive forest ranger. All that remains is to take to head into the hills to make friends with Tenerife’s wild side of life.


An Explosive Subject ““ Cities on Volcanoes, Tenerife (COV6)

I’ve always taken refuge in the words of those scientists who dismissed the idea that a piece of La Palma the size of the Isle of Man could detach itself from the island, slide into the sea, create the biggest mega-tsunami recorded and wreak havoc across the world. Within five minutes of speaking with eminent geologist Dr Simon Day, my comfort blanket was in shreds and my position had changed from idly wondering if it might happen, to wanting to know exactly when it would happen.

Dr Day’s research about the collapse of the Cumbre Vieja on La Palma caused an eruption of its own when it was published nearly ten years ago. Last week Dr Day and volcanologists from more than 50 countries were at the Casino Taoro in Puerto de la Cruz for the Cities on Volcanoes Conference (COV6) ““ an international forum about managing volcanic risks. As home to one of the World’s decade volcanoes, Tenerife was the perfect choice for the conference. With temperatures soaring to heights which added a sense of ‘being there’ to slideshows of molten lava, Mount Teide rising above the Orotava Valley added a sublime finishing touch.

Whilst experts debated how to reduce risks from volcanic eruptions, there were presentations ranging from topics whose very titles could make your head spin like “˜Plagioclase zoning as an indicator of magma processes’ to ones of more general interest based around the beneficial aspects of living beside volcanoes, especially from a tourism point of view. These were full of fascinating snippets.

A presentation on innovative tourism demonstrated that the scenery in the Teide Crater really is out of this world ““ the Culann Patera Volcano (a name straight out of Star Trek) on Jupiter’s moon Io is the intergalactic double of Mount Teide. Another about volcanoes and adventure tourism informed delegates that Yellowstone National Park have a fascinating book about how people have died in the park which apparently includes someone who went scuba diving in a boiling hot spring.

As well as speeches and presentations there was an art exhibition with a volcanic theme, not always obvious, and a display of local schoolchildren’s paintings.

During the conference I met up with Dr Simon Day and asked him about a big chunk of La Palma going scuba diving.

Dr Simon Day

Not a lot has changed since he published his findings. The Cumbre Vieja remains stable which some equate to being safe.
“It’s only safe in the same way that driving along a winding road at 50 mph in dry conditions is safe,’ he explained. ‘Drive along the same road in wet conditions at the same speed and it’s no longer safe. There hasn’t been an eruption in that time, but it’s what happens then that makes the situation unsafe.”

When there is one the land mass becomes less stable and potentially moves. This is what happened in 1949 when, following an eruption, part of the western flank of the island slipped about 13 feet.

“It might not be the next eruption, or the one after that, but every time it happens and the Cumbre Vieja moves, it becomes more unstable. Eventually it will detach and slide into the sea,”
Dr Day told me with unflinching conviction.

Becoming increasingly concerned about the possibility of being engulfed by a mega-tsunami when this happens, I asked about the chances of it falling into the sea gradually so that the impact is negligible as suggested by some. His answer was simple, yet compelling.

“It’s never happened that way before.”

There have been dozens of landslides triggered by eruptions and every one of them has gone in one big chunk. It’s a fact that is hard to argue with and one that demanded another question. When could it happen?

At this point it’s essential to separate reality from sensationalist newspaper headlines. When scientists talk about events, their timelines are different from yours and mine. They talk about centuries the way we talk about years. It’s impossible to predict when Mother Nature is going to throw one, but when Dr Simon Day states that a piece of La Palma is going to fall into the sea, he doesn’t mean tomorrow, next year, or even next century. To put it into perspective, the closest I could pin him down to was that he believed if he returned in ten thousand years, La Palma won’t be as big as it is now.

And therein lay part of the aim of COV6; to learn more about living with volcanoes is to understand them better and remove the fear that sensationalist reporting can awaken.

“Worry more about crossing the road,” is Dr Day’s reassuring advice to those of us who live on these volcanic islands.


When Two Motors Are Greener Than One

It’s an urban jungle out there in Santa Cruz. Like any other sprawling capital city, juggling changing infrastructure, environmental needs and transport demands is a constant strain. Now there is a new breed of green hero about to weave its way onto the scene, roll forward Tempus, the new Hybrid bus being test driven around Santa Cruz by TITSA.

It’s always worth a schoolboy snigger or two when you first see or hear the name TITSA but it stands for Transportes Interurbanos de Tenerife S.A (similar to LTD ) and the Cabildo (government) owned company has been king of the Tenerife roads for 32 years. The company employs 1,700 staff, has just over 600 buses and has recently announced plans to invest 12,284 million euros on 69 new vehicles of varying sizes.

So what’s so special about the new kid on the block? Tempus was unveiled at SALT (Salon Atlantico de la Logistica y Transporte) 2010 in the Santa Cruz Recinto Ferial. For starters Tempus has two engines, one a conventional diesel but the other electric and connected to the rear wheels to handle traction. That all sounds impressive but the real bonus is that when the electric engine takes over from the diesel, it reduces fuel consumption and produces 30 % less CO2.

These buses are specifically designed for the exacting task of driving in urban areas where it’s all stop start as they negotiate junctions, tight turns, loads of pick up points, and in Tenerife the inevitable horn blasting impatient drivers. The model on display at SALT was invitingly bearing its eco friendly soul for all to see. Using recycling and reusable materials it still manages to be comfortable with 17 seats and room for a wheel chair via the fold out ramps. Tempus promises to be quieter than the old fleet, adding to the stealthy service of the trams that it will compete against on routes in La Laguna and Santa Cruz.

Topping up the electric motor couldn’t be simpler, just plug it in overnight and it’s ready to roll again the next day. For the technically minded, the Siemens traction system uses a 150 kw current generator backed with two power converters and two in wheel motors of 67 kw each.

If the trials go well, expect to see more of these smooth newcomers hitting the road, they have a lot of people to please. Last year TITSA carried 42,000,000 passengers and the capital city is by far the busiest area with trams, taxis, cars and bikes all looking for the best way from A to B. Look out for Tempus coming to a bus stop near you soon, making its own jolly green giant strides for innovation.


On The Road To Cheap As Chips Fuel

Dunking a wedge of bread into the fat oozing from my mum’s Sunday roast is as far as I ever got into recycling cooking oil. Times have changed and giving us a good old greasy fry up is no longer the end of the story for our liquid friend. Reciclar Canarias are one of several companies across Tenerife collecting used oil from all the bars and kitchens that churn out our favourite foods. Taking a deep breath I plunged into the green world of their Marazul factory expecting to find a greasy swamp buzzing with flies. The reality is a slick operation with hardly a whiff or a cremated chip in sight.

John Sommers has been running Reciclar for the last year and they now collect from 300 outlets around Tenerife including hotel chains, fast food outlets and theme parks. “I could see there was a demand for biodiesel and bio fuel with prices rising all the time and legal demands for businesses to dispose of their used oil in a responsible way. Since 2000 there has been a legal requirement to bars, restaurants etc to have an authorised waste collector.”

Sadly Tenerife is lagging behind some countries in the recycling process, as yet there is no facility here to turn the oil into useable fuel. Reciclar purifies and filters it before sending it on to mainland Europe by boat for the full process to take place. So what is the difference between bio fuel and biodiesel? “Bio fuel is purer but biodiesel undergoes a chemical treatment involving methanol and a catalyst under heat to separate off glycerine.”

As I poke around the 1,000 litre vats of treated oil, soon to be replaced by 10,000 litre holders, a new collection comes in and I’m promised that as I watch the filtering process it will put me off fried food for good ““ they don’t know my appetite very well. For some reason I can’t help thinking of chocolate as the oily gunge spurts into its bath, raking through it soon leaves a residue of crispy remnants ““ anyone for crackling? This solid waste is bio degradable and easily disposed of.

The possibilities of recycled fuel are immense and as John points out many motorists will already be using some biodiesel. “You can see it now at the pumps as B5, B10 and B20, the numbers refer to the percentage of biodiesel mixed in with the more conventional product. Already here we could probably produce enough fuel to run all the taxis in Arona or Adeje. Cars can be fairly easily converted to biofuel (if they are diesel, they can already take biodiesel) for anything up to 1,000 pounds for a large car, that depends on if you have a full system or a twin tank which means you use ordinary fuel to get going and the biodiesel kicks in after about 5 minutes.”

It seems the way forward, certainly in Tenerife, is a willingness and commitment from the councils and government to embrace recycled fuels and produce it on a large scale. The big oil companies are of course less than happy with this idea so it could be a long process. In the meantime maybe we can do our bit by tucking into as much oil cooked food as possible, I’m on the case immediately.


Reciclar Canarias is based at Unit 2 at the Texaco station in Marazul between Callao Salvaje and Abama Golf. Tel 922724169